Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI, IPL

Anam Khalid

Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Kolkata Knight Riders, an Indian Premier League cricket franchise, represents the well-known city of India, Kolkata. This franchise was introduced in 2007, a year before the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008. Moreover, this franchise enjoys a massive fan following all across India and around the globe. The main reason behind its popularity lies in the names of its owners. This franchise is owned by the most popular Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan, well-known actress Juhi Chawla, and her husband Jay Mehta. The star power of these Bollywood celebrities plays a key role in its massive fan base.

Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Kolkata Knight Riders abbreviated as KKR plays its home matches at Eden Gardens Cricket Ground. This stadium has a capacity of 68000 capacity. Shah Rukh Khan and Co. bought the rights to this franchise for 75.09 million USD. They have had some ups and downs along the way as they have won the title twice in 2012 and 2014. One of the most notable records held by this team is that they have won the most number of matches consecutively by any Indian T20 team.

They won 14 back-to-back matches. As per the estimation of Forbes back in 2022, this team is the third most expansive team at the IPL with a net worth of 1.10 billion USD, behind only Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The leading run scorer for this franchise is their former captain Gautam Gambhir and the highest wicket-taker for them across seasons is West Indian spinner Sunil Narine.

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Performance of KKR in IPL

SeasonPosition
IPL Season 1 (2008)6th
IPL Season 2 (2009)8th
IPL Season 3 (2010)6th
IPL Season 4 (2011)4th
IPL Season 5 (2012)Champions
IPL Season 6 (2013)7th
IPL Season 7 (2014)Champions
IPL Season 8 (2015)5th
IPL Season 9 (2016)4th
IPL Season 10 (2017)3rd
IPL Season 11 (2018)3rd
IPL Season 12 (2019)5th
IPL Season 13 (2020)5th
IPL Season 14 (2021)Runner-ups
IPL Season 15 (2022)7th
IPL Season 16 (2023)7th

The performance of KKR has been below par in most of the seasons but they have had their moments of brilliance as well. They won two titles and were runner-ups in two more editions. They have nurtured a few young players who are now doing wonders for their national teams. One such example is Suryakumar Yadav who got going at KKR. The below table shows a more detailed view of the performance in all seasons of IPL.

Summary of Match Results

SeasonMatchesWonLostTiedNo ResultWin %
IPL 114670146.16
IPL 2143100123.07
IPL 314770050.0
IPL 415870053.33
IPL 5181250170.58
IPL 6166100037.50
IPL 7161150068.75
IPL 814760153.84
IPL 915870053.33
IPL 1016970056.25
IPL 1116970056.25
IPL 1214680042.86
IPL 1314770050.0
IPL 1417980052.94
IPL 1514680042.85
IPL 1614680042.85

The role of team management and support staff has increased with the introduction of T20 leagues. Every team tries to hire specialists in every field to help the team get their desired results. Furthermore, KKR has also had professionals to help their players in every possible way. The management and support staff of KKR is as follows

Management and Support Staff

CEO and Managing DirectorVenky Mysore
Team ManagerWayne Bentley
Head CoachChandrakant Pandit
Assistant CoachAbhishek Nayar
Assistant CoachJames Foster
Bowling CoachBharat Arun
Fielding CoachRyan ten Doeschate
Team DoctorDr. Srikanth Narayanaswamy
Strength and Conditioning CoachChris Donaldson

KKR has a pretty decent performance against each franchise in the league. They have usually been good at their home ground against all the teams. Their performance can be divided into three different parts. In the first part, they were down and out in the first few IPL seasons and then they became one of the most consistent teams and won two titles. Lately, they have again been on the losing side most often. Their match statistics against each IPL team are given in the below table.

Record against Each Team

TeamMatchesWonLostTiedNo ResultWin %
Chennai Super Kings2810180035.71
Delhi Capitals3116150051.61
Mumbai Indians329230028.12
Punjab Kings3221110065.62
Rajasthan Royals2714130051.85
Royal Challengers Bangalore3218140056.25
Sunrisers Hyderabad251690064.0
Gujrat Titans3120033.33
Lucknow Super Giants303000
Deccan Chargers9720077.78
Kochi Tuskers Kerala202000
Pune Warriors India5410080.0
Gujrat Lions4130025.0
Rising Pune Supergiant4310075.0

Like every other team, KKR has also gone through many transitions over the year. So, they have bought some new players while releasing some of the older ones in pursuit of a better combination. Their latest squad that took part in IPL 2023 is under

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad 2023

NamePlaying Role
Nitish Rana (C)Middle-order Batter
Aarya DesaiOpening Batter
Johnson CharlesWicket-keeping Batter
Narayan JagadeesanOpening Batter
Rahmanullah GurbazWicket-keeping Batter
Jason RoyOpening Batter
Rinku SinghMiddle-order Batter
Shreyas IyerTop Order Batter
Litton DasWicket-keeping Batter
Venkatesh IyerAll-rounder
Mandeep SinghAll-rounder
Sunil NarineBowling All-rounder
Anukul RoyAll-rounder
Andre RussellAll-rounder
David WieseAll-rounder
Shakib Al HasanAll-rounder
Vaibhav AroraBowler
Lockie FergusonBowler
Harshit RanaBowler
Kulwant KhejroliyaBowler
Tim SoutheeBowler
Suyash SharmaBowler
Shardul ThakurBowler
Varun ChakravarthyBowler
Umesh YadavBowler

Players Profile

A comprehensive introduction of each player is given below

Nitish Rana (C)

Personal Information

Date of Birth27 December 1993
Current Age29-year-old
Playing RoleMiddle-order Batter
Batting StyleLeft-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Medium, right-arm Off-break, Legbreak
Debut Match30 March 2013 Against Vidarbha
Nitish Rana Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played179
Runs4386
Batting Average29.04
Balls Faced3226
Strike Rate135.95
100s1
50s28
Highest Score107
6s228
4s385

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken45
Runs Conceded933
Bowling Average20.73
Balls Bowled786
Economy Rate7.12
Best Bowling Figures4/17

Aarya Desai

Personal Information

Date of Birth3 April 2003
Current Age20-year-old
Playing RoleOpening Batter
Batting StyleLeft-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Off-break
Debut Match16 October 2023 Against Arunachal Pradesh
Aarya Desai Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played6
Runs161
Batting Average32.20
Balls Faced111
Strike Rate145.04
100s0
50s1
Highest Score62*
6s11
4s11

Johnson Charles

Personal Information

Date of Birth14 January 1989
Current Age34-year-old
Playing RoleWicket-keeper Batter
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleN/A
Debut Match26 January 2008 Against Cayman Island
Johnson Charles Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played236
Runs5862
Batting Average26.52
Balls Faced4503
Strike Rate130.17
100s3
50s33
Highest Score118
6s272
4s559

Wicket Keeping Record

Catches Taken85
Stumpings7

Narayan Jagadeesan

Personal Information

Date of Birth24 December 1995
Current Age27-year-old
Playing RoleOpening Batter
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleN/A
Debut Match30 January 2017 Against Hyderabad (India)
Narayan Jagadeesan Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played58
Runs1168
Batting Average29.94
Balls Faced991
Strike Rate117.86
100s0
50s6
Highest Score78*
6s37
4s107

Wicket Keeping Record

Catches Taken19
Stumpings5

Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Personal Information

Date of Birth28 November 2001
Current Age21-year-old
Playing RoleWicket-keeper Batter
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleN/A
Debut Match12 September 2017 Against Band-E-Amir Dragons
Rahmanullah Gurbaz Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played146
Runs3506
Batting Average24.69
Balls Faced2365
Strike Rate148.24
100s1
50s22
Highest Score121*
6s226
4s290

Wicket Keeping Record

Catches Taken77
Stumpings11

Jason Roy

Personal Information

Date of Birth21 July 1990
Current Age33-year-old
Playing RoleOpening Batter
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleN/A
Debut Match27 June 2008 Against Middlesex
Jason Roy Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played333
Runs8640
Batting Average27.69
Balls Faced6091
Strike Rate141.84
100s6
50s57
Highest Score145*
6s317
4s963

Rinku Singh

Personal Information

Date of Birth12 October 1997
Current Age26-year-old
Playing RoleMiddle-order Batter
Batting StyleLeft-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Off-break
Debut Match31 March 2014 Against Vidarbha
Rinku Singh Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played98
Runs2004
Batting Average33.40
Balls Faced1391
Strike Rate144.06
100s0
50s12
Highest Score79
6s93
4s159

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken3
Runs Conceded114
Bowling Average38.00
Balls Bowled66
Economy Rate10.36
Best Bowling Figures1/11

Shreyas Iyer

Personal Information

Date of Birth6 December 1994
Current Age28-year-old
Playing RoleTop-order Batter
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Off-break, Legbreak Googly
Debut Match30 March 2014 Against Baroda
Shreyas Iyer Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played197
Runs5217
Batting Average32.00
Balls Faced4004
Strike Rate130.29
100s2
50s33
Highest Score147
6s209
4s435

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken1
Runs Conceded81
Bowling Average81.00
Balls Bowled49
Economy Rate9.91
Best Bowling Figures1/28

Litton Das

Personal Information

Date of Birth13 October 1994
Current Age29-year-old
Playing RoleWicket-keeper Batter
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Off-break
Debut Match12 February 2013 Against Barisal Burners
Litton Das Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played185
Runs4142
Batting Average23.94
Balls Faced3239
Strike Rate127.87
100s0
50s24
Highest Score83
6s119
4s442

Wicket Keeping Record

Catches Taken95
Stumpings27

Venkatesh Iyer

Personal Information

Date of Birth25 December 1994
Current Age28-year-old
Playing RoleAll-rounder
Batting StyleLeft-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Medium
Debut Match25 March 2015 Against Railways
Venkatesh Iyer Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played98
Runs2264
Batting Average33.79
Balls Faced1650
Strike Rate137.21
100s1
50s12
Highest Score104
6s90
4s213

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken42
Runs Conceded1024
Bowling Average24.38
Balls Bowled829
Economy Rate7.41
Best Bowling Figures6/20

Mandeep Singh

Personal Information

Date of Birth18 December 1991
Current Age31-year-old
Playing RoleAll-rounder
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Medium
Debut Match22 March 2010 Against Mumbai Indians
Mandeep Singh Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played204
Runs3809
Batting Average27.40
Balls Faced2967
Strike Rate128.37
100s0
50s18
Highest Score99*
6s98
4s388

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken16
Runs Conceded337
Bowling Average21.06
Balls Bowled303
Economy Rate6.67
Best Bowling Figures3/21

Sunil Narine

Personal Information

Date of Birth26 May 1988
Current Age35-year-old
Playing RoleBowling All-rounder
Batting StyleLeft-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Off-break
Debut Match19 January 2011 Against Hampshire
Sunil Narine Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played483
Runs3692
Batting Average15.13
Balls Faced2504
Strike Rate147.44
100s0
50s14
Highest Score79
6s229
4s343

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken525
Runs Conceded11177
Bowling Average21.28
Balls Bowled10943
Economy Rate6.12
Best Bowling Figures5/19

 Anukul Roy

Personal Information

Date of Birth30 November 1998
Current Age24-year-old
Playing RoleAll-rounder
Batting StyleLeft-hand bat
Bowling StyleSlow Left-arm Orthodox
Debut Match21 February 2019 Against Delhi
Anukul Roy Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played46
Runs477
Batting Average19.08
Balls Faced331
Strike Rate144.10
100s0
50s0
Highest Score47*
6s22
4s34

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken28
Runs Conceded995
Bowling Average35.53
Balls Bowled845
Economy Rate7.06
Best Bowling Figures3/11

Andre Russell

Personal Information

Date of Birth29 April 1988
Current Age35-year-old
Playing RoleAll-rounder
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Fast
Debut Match10 April 2010 Against Ireland
Andre Russell Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played461
Runs7694
Batting Average26.34
Balls Faced4599
Strike Rate167.29
100s2
50s28
Highest Score121*
6s620
4s511

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken408
Runs Conceded10345
Bowling Average25.35
Balls Bowled7229
Economy Rate8.58
Best Bowling Figures5/15

David Wiese

Personal Information

Date of Birth18 May 1985
Current Age38-year-old
Playing RoleAll-rounder
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Medium-fast
Debut Match28 March 2008 Against Warriors
David Wiese Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played350
Runs4047
Batting Average22.73
Balls Faced2801
Strike Rate144.48
100s0
50s11
Highest Score79*
6s216
4s278

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken271
Runs Conceded7377
Bowling Average27.22
Balls Bowled5292
Economy Rate8.36
Best Bowling Figures5/19

Shakib Al Hassan

Personal Information

Date of Birth24 March 1987
Current Age36-year-old
Playing RoleAll-rounder
Batting StyleLeft-hand bat
Bowling StyleSlow Left-arm Orthodox
Debut Match28 November 2006 Against Zimbabwe
Shakib Al Hasan Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played415
Runs6954
Batting Average21.39
Balls Faced5597
Strike Rate124.24
100s0
50s29
Highest Score89*
6s193
4s642

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken465
Runs Conceded9915
Bowling Average21.32
Balls Bowled8776
Economy Rate6.77
Best Bowling Figures6/6

Vaibhav Arora

Personal Information

Date of Birth14 December 1997
Current Age25-year-old
Playing RoleBowler
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Fast-medium
Debut Match10 January 2021 Against Chhattisgarh
Vaibhav Arora Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played33
Runs10
Batting Average5.00
Balls Faced17
Strike Rate58.82
100s0
50s0
Highest Score2*
6s0
4s0

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken32
Runs Conceded956
Bowling Average29.87
Balls Bowled709
Economy Rate8.09
Best Bowling Figures3/16

Lockie Ferguson

Personal Information

Date of Birth13 June 1991
Current Age32-year-old
Playing RoleBowler
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Fast
Debut Match14 January 2014 Against Central Districts
Lockie Ferguson Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played136
Runs252
Batting Average12.00
Balls Faced211
Strike Rate119.43
100s0
50s0
Highest Score30
6s14
4s14

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken151
Runs Conceded3742
Bowling Average24.78
Balls Bowled2835
Economy Rate7.91
Best Bowling Figures5/21

Harshit Rana

Personal Information

Date of Birth22 December 2001
Current Age21-year-old
Playing RoleBowler
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Fast
Debut Match28 April 2022 Against Delhi Capitals
Harshit Rana Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played12
Runs2
Batting Average1.00
Balls Faced3
Strike Rate66.66
100s0
50s0
Highest Score2
6s0
4s0

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken9
Runs Conceded279
Bowling Average31.00
Balls Bowled191
Economy Rate8.76
Best Bowling Figures2/22

Kulwant Khejroliya

Personal Information

Date of Birth13 March 1992
Current Age31-year-old
Playing RoleBowler
Batting StyleLeft-hand bat
Bowling StyleLeft-arm Medium-fast
Debut Match9 January 2018 Against Punjab
Kulwant Khejroliya Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played22
Runs19
Batting Average
Balls Faced10
Strike Rate190.00
100s0
50s0
Highest Score18*
6s2
4s0

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken22
Runs Conceded598
Bowling Average27.18
Balls Bowled451
Economy Rate7.95
Best Bowling Figures4/26

Tim Southee

Personal Information

Date of Birth11 December 1988
Current Age34-year-old
Playing RoleBowler
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Medium-fast
Debut Match13 January 2007 Against Central Districts
Tim Southee Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played250
Runs863
Batting Average11.35
Balls Faced606
Strike Rate142.40
100s0
50s2
Highest Score74
6s47
4s64

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken297
Runs Conceded7445
Bowling Average25.06
Balls Bowled5424
Economy Rate8.23
Best Bowling Figures6/16

Suyash Sharma

Personal Information

Date of Birth15 May 2003
Current Age20-year-old
Playing RoleBowler
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleLegbreak Googly
Debut Match6 April 2023 Against Royal Challengers Bangalore
Suyash Sharma Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken25
Runs Conceded388
Bowling Average15.52
Balls Bowled354
Economy Rate6.57
Best Bowling Figures5/13

Shardul Thakur

Personal Information

Date of Birth16 October 1991
Current Age32-year-old
Playing RoleBowler
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Medium
Debut Match24 March 2015 Against Baroda
Shardul Thakur Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played150
Runs416
Batting Average11.24
Balls Faced319
Strike Rate130.40
100s0
50s1
Highest Score68
6s17
4s32

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken169
Runs Conceded4387
Bowling Average25.95
Balls Bowled3003
Economy Rate8.76
Best Bowling Figures4/27

Varun Chakravarthy

Personal Information

Date of Birth29 August 1991
Current Age32-year-old
Playing RoleBowler
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleLegbreak Googly
Debut Match27 March 2019 Against KKR
Varun Chakravarthy Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played72
Runs31
Batting Average4.42
Balls Faced66
Strike Rate46.96
100s0
50s0
Highest Score10*
6s0
4s3

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken77
Runs Conceded1974
Bowling Average25.63
Balls Bowled1645
Economy Rate7.19
Best Bowling Figures5/20

Umesh Yadav

Personal Information

Date of Birth25 October 1987
Current Age36-year-old
Playing RoleBowler
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm Fast
Debut Match21 October 2009 Against Madhya Pradesh
Umesh Yadav Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI in IPL

Batting Record

Matches Played184
Runs318
Batting Average11.35
Balls Faced256
Strike Rate124.21
100s0
50s0
Highest Score26
6s18
4s23

Bowling Record

Wickets Taken187
Runs Conceded5252
Bowling Average28.08
Balls Bowled3800
Economy Rate8.29
Best Bowling Figures5/18

How many IPL titles have KKR won?

KKR has won two seasons so far. They are placed third on the list of teams with the most IPL titles.

Who is the current head coach of KKR?

Chandrakant Pandit is the current head coach of KKR.

Who has taken the most wickets for KKR across seasons?

Sunil Narine leads the wickets chart for KKR with 181 wickets.

Who has scored the most runs for KKR?

Gautam Gambhir has scored the most runs for KKR. He has 3345 runs in 122 matches.

Who has hit the most sixes for KKR?

Andre Russell has hit 190 sixes for KKR which is the most for them.

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